Record numbers of women have been energized to get involved in politics since the 2016 presidential election. KQED decided to help tell some of these women’s stories as part of our series “The Long Run.” We chose women across the state and across ethnic groups to share their experiences with us, and we checked in with them over the course of their campaigns.
Aisha Wahab is Afghan-American, in her 30s, and she lives in Hayward. She's running for Hayward City Council against six other candidates, because she wants to be a champion for issues affecting working families. She's tried advocating and working with the council before, but she says her attempts have fallen on deaf ears. So she's stepping up to see what she can do to make change. "If you don't see the woman, be the woman," she says.
On every day being an emotional roller coaster:
"I'm currently just sitting in front of my computer trying to process everything on an emotional level of what has happened in the past week or two. We're very excited, very nervous, very uncomfortable, very scared ... which [are not feelings] that I historically ever have. Or the fact that we just don't know what's going to happen. So, it just takes a lot out of you. Every single day is an emotional roller coaster. And I'm pretty much a balanced person on an emotional level, so this is very new to me. But overall we're very, very excited."